Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Build Your Own Apollo Computer

I can do little more here than to quote the site itself.

"This report describes my successful project to build a working reproduction of the 1964 prototype for the Block I Apollo Guidance Computer. The AGC is the flight computer for the Apollo moon landings, with one unit in the command module and one in the LEM."

"I built it in my basement. It took me 4 years."

See those plans here. Everything you want to know about the Apollo programme is at the NASA site or this one.

To give you a flavour of the event I have the Apollo 15 launch transcript nearby. I can clearly remember listening to these growing up. And watching the BBC announcers with their little plastic models. How times have changed. <-- Me, momentarily nostalgic. You won't see that often. Promise.

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